Hope To The End POEMS http://hopetotheend.com/poems.html
Below are some letters from the 5 Doves Message Board to one who had asked for prayers because of a broken heart.
Since these Last days are filled with broken hearts, we wanted to collect these testimonies, Bible verses, and Godly counsel all together, before these pages vanish. Thank you 5 Doves for publishing them.
Your post struck a very familiar cord with me, as I have been in the same situation within the past year. So, I personally know how heartbreaking this can be on you and your children. The Lord knows all your many needs, and I just wanted you to know you are not alone, we are all here for you. I have been praying for you and your children; for the Lord to meet your needs in every way, according to His will. It's a bumpy road, but He will see you through it! I can truly tell you that I came through it unscathed, in the end and not only that, blessed as well! Since then, He has drawn me even closer to Himself. It's harder on the children at any age, as they don't have the spiritual maturity to see the implications of spiritual warfare involved, they feel loss or anger and disappointment. Just love them and minister to them, and the Lord will hold you all in the palm of His hand., and see you through it.
In my situation, I also lost a girlfriend (hint). In addition to this, within a short span of time, my mother and two life-long friends died, and I felt so very alone. But, I've discovered it's not what life throws at us, it's how we handle it that counts. There are many tribulations in this life, and the closer we get to the Lord the more tribulation, trying and temptation can come upon us (hurt, anger, desperation, etc). Just continue to put your faith in Him, and handle each instance as He would. I am reminded of Abraham's test with Isaac, Genesis 22. It helped me to look at the tremendous testing that all the Old and New Testament saints went through for their faith. That humbles me. They were refined in the fire, and found worthy by their faith in Him to deliver them. God has promised to restore ALL that Satan has stolen from us in the end. We just have to be overcomers! Hang tough, you have many brothers and sisters in Christ that love and care for you. I will continue to pray for you and your children.
As a side note, I was reading a website yesterday by a post-tribulation/pre-wrath believer (survivalist) who plans to go to his wilderness retreat mid-tribulation, and actually claimed it could be a wonderful experience for those who are prepared, and that some who overcome may not see persecution. The oil of the wise virgins to him meant food and fuel. He referred to pre-trib believers as grossly deceived "babes" in Christ that were arrogantly expecting to be spared the coming tribulation, like we're nothing more than a bunch of big sissies. I felt like reaching through my monitor and saying, "Honey, my LIFE is a tribulation story! I have been bloodied and beaten up by instances in life that Satan has put me through that you wouldn't believe, and the Lord has seen me through every instance of it. And I am living in victory! Praise God!!! My Bible says Jesus is coming for His bride and that the bride has made herself ready! In life there is tribulation; some have seen more of it than others. Each trial and testing is unique, and only God knows what is required for each of us. The white linen that the bride wears is the righteousness of the saints. All our works are as filthy rags to God, so it is ONLY the atoning blood of Christ's sacrifice that has washed us clean and made us ready to meet Him. His love for us is what prevails; He does the choosing, we do the accepting, and live by faith. As we steer our ship, and are tossed about through all the many tumultuous storms of life, He is the one who is guiding us safely home! God has the ability to take every rotten thing that has happened or been done to us and turn it into something good for us. I am humbled and dumbfounded by the many blessings he has bestowed on me following adversity. I have not always been faithful to Him, but He has always been faithful to me!
I thank Him for the worst thing that ever happened to me! (nutshell version) A man who had killed 7 women got into my house 30 years ago. For 3 hours, I was bound, beaten bloody, raped, and had a gun put to my forehead and cocked. He planned to execute me as he had the others, and asked if I had any last requests. I said yes, I wanted a moment alone. He said "are you religious or something?" and I said, " yes." He uncocked the gun walked away for a few seconds then came right back and put the gun to my head. In those few seconds I simply said a 3 word prayer, "God save me." As I waited for the gun to fire, I suddenly found I was watching this scene from about ceiling height. I saw the whole incident as humorous suddenly in looking at it. I KNEW that the joke was on him, because what silly little thing he thought he could do to me was a joke. He could not kill me by shooting a gun into that body. The real me wasn't there! Yes, it was an out-of-body experience, and I thank God for it, because it changed my life! It only lasted for a few seconds, and I was back, facing the gun. Suddenly, HE became very afraid of ME, and became very nervous saying something about not wanting to have me on his conscience! He pulled me up off my knees and took me to my daughter's closet and told me to stay there for 5 minutes or he'd finish the job. I did, and he ran away terrified! Three weeks later they found his 8th victim killed the same way as the others he had told me about, and had intended for me.
I can read the story of the fiery furnace and know exactly what it felt like, as well as what it feels like to come through it unscathed. I had physical injuries that my doctor said would take several surgeries to repair, and to go home and heal for a week so I could be examined better. When I returned a week later, he could find no sign that anything had even happened to me! Praise the Lord! I was healed physically and emotionally! I often think that with all that has happened (life's disappointments, etc) that I could have so easily made different decisions, or could have been deceived in these end times. Oh, I've fallen many times too, but by His grace I've been able to get back up. Other parts of my life since have been a real-life example of the miracle of the loaves and the fishes! Not all experiences have had an answer.
We can all be deceived by the world. But, I thank God that he allowed that awful experience to happen to me because for the rest of my life, I know that I know, that I KNOW! He is God, He can do ANYTHING! He is real, He's alive, and doing untold miracles in our lives today. Some we see, some we don't. That terrible incident gave me faith beyond measure. In life, we will suffer tribulation. In Jesus we find salvation and peace. Hang in there, He loves you and your children more than any human ever could, and He will bring you through this. I've often wondered, Why me? Why did He choose to save me? I was nobody special! But, because of Him and what I went through, I realized how special I truly was to Him. I owe Him my life, and I stand ready to give it anytime. I reasoned for years that maybe I was spared because he wanted my other children to be born, perhaps He had some special plan for them to accomplish. But, now I think maybe He allowed me to live through that supernaturally so that I could be a witness in these last days to someone just like yourself. Just hang onto that little piece of the end of His garment, and trust Him. You are going through a personal trial. Be strong, be steadfast in your faith and look UP, lift up your head, because your redemption draweth nigh!!!
of Healing for a Broken Heart
Thank you Deborah for these wonderful verses in times of need
Psalm 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: forI shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a brokenheart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 56:8 Put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book?
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.He will quiet you with His Love.
1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Psalm 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Psalm 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Remember: Out of the mouth of babes the Lord speaks. Pour out your heart together to the Lord, and just see what the Lord will do.
Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayersof the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy [cometh] in the morning.
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
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those who are broken-hearted:
May He send a friend to help in time of need.
May He lighten your load.
May you see the good in all things and then praise HIM for it.
May the Lord show you a way TODAY .
We must be faithful and grateful and hang in there, calling upon Him moment by moment.
" In all things give thanks" 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Whatever the problems are, " this too shall pass" .
Problems will be resolved, and we will go on, in the strength of the Lord.
We must realize that to end it all is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Sometimes we need to "let go" of the circumstances ( or persons) that rob us of peace of mind.
Pray for those who have hurt you. It nurtures your own soul and gives peace of mind when you do that. To forgive those who have wronged you means to wish them well. It does not necessarily mean having fellowship with them.
Usually for those who have hurt us : "from such turn away" 2 Timothy 3:1- 5
When we "let go", we need to replace that space with involvement of some kind of activity that is uplifting.
Visiting the elderly in rest homes. ( very uplifting and very fulfilling )
When we visit the elderly, we cut some geraniums, or any easy to obtain flowers, and put them in a soda can --- wrapped in tin foil.... tied with a yarn bow ( remnant piece).
The geranium blooms last for a very long time.
Then we take a piece of paper
-- fold it over, so that it can stand on a desk---
and write a verse from the Bible in it, with a sentence or two from us.
It costs nothing for the flowers and card, and yet what a difference it makes in someone's life.
If you have the time, maybe a colorful cut out from the newspaper ads will perk up the card.
Be as creative as you allow yourself.
You never have to worry about conversation. Most elderly persons just want someone to listen to them.
Maybe you could ask general questions about their childhood. It is very rewarding to learn from others.
Or you may want to :
Keep busy with work at home, or in the workplace.
Or take up a hobby: Gardening, sewing, writing, cooking, crafts, reading; having a pet in the home, like a bird.
Suggestion: Get as many second-hand books of interest from a thrift shop and read and read and read. Or put in a good video at home and re-watch it.
Try to keep your mind off of your problems whenever they remind you that they are there.
"pulling down of strongholds"
( asking God to bind Satan from coming against you; asking for the BLOOD Covering ) ...
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:4, 5
Repeating this prayer throughout the day:
"Into your hands Lord I commit this problem. Please take it away. Please give me strength just for today."
"Lord for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray. Keep me God within Thy grace, just for today".
A New Day http://susie1114.com/Newday.htm
Try not to look at the whole picture. Get life down to bite-sizes ...one day at a time....one hour at a time...one minute at a time....one nano second at a time. ( It can get like that ).
Perhaps one could go out and get groceries each day ( buying in little quantities). Being out and about amongst people is uplifting. Maybe go to a coffee shop and grab a newspaper and sip some coffee, with Bible verses simmering in your thoughts.
Surround sound: Keep soothing music on at home, in the car, wherever.
"Music soothes the savage soul" ( old saying )
Suggestion: Make a list of all that you would like to accomplish each day. Then around 4:00 or 5:00 in the evening, sit down with some hot tea, or decaff, or soup and check off all of your victories for that day.
Whatever is leftover, add to the next day's list, or .... let it go. Ask yourself : "How important is it ?"
Realize how things could be a lot worse than they are.
Satan knows that his time is short. Revelation 12:12
He is going to throw all he possibly can at you, and try to get you to give up.
He is going to have you exaggerate in your mind, that things are bigger than they really are.
"We are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11
But "greater is HE that is in you, than he that is in the world." 1 John 4:4
We CAN do all thing through Christ Jesus who strengthens us. We CAN.
Even if you have to force it, SMILE. It helps to relax all the tension in one's face and person.
Take a deep breath. Relax. Get more rest.
We are so close to the end of the road. We are so near our reward.
"Let no man ( or even yourself ) take your crown from you." Revelation 3:11
"We count them happy who endure." James 5:11
"Endure hardness as a good soldier " 2 Timothy 2:3
"He that endures to the end, shall be saved." Matthew 24:13
"Ride on, ride on! Rough-shod if need be;
Smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on!
Ride on over all obstacles, and Win The Race!"
With A Song in your Heart
"One Day at a Time" http://www.mamarocks.com/one_day_at_a_time.htm
Why Me, Lord ? http://www.alighthouse.com/melord.htm
"Day by Day" http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/d/d011.html
Just a Closer Walk with Thee